The good weather has given us an opportunity to begin forging some new trails as well as expanding on some old trails. We've had the bulldozer for over a month, so hopefully the public will be pleased with the latest modifications.
The EPA stopped in for an inspection since our last meeting. They looked over our lakes, trail crossings, and external artifacts (tanks and pumps that are not owned by us). The good news is that after a thorough review by over a dozen agents, we had no issues, no fines, no violations; overall, a clean bill of health.
Hollerwood currently offers primitive camping on-site. We recently added rentable fire pits to help with guest comfort and to help address some of our trash problems. We're also working on adding electricity to the camping area. This is a much larger item, so it may take a bit longer... But the benefit of having electricity at the camp sites will be worth the wait.
We're working on new shirts for the park. We've nearly depleted our initial stock from the Fall, so now is a great time to restock and redesign. We're working with local designers to gather ideas for some new shirts, so stay tuned.
Dozers for days
The board approved money for more bulldozer work for the park. We're working on trails, working on the parking lot, but most importantly, working on making the park better.
Adjusting pass prices
The board discussed adjusting the price for passes. The motivation is that the board has always been to make this park a safe, fun, and sustainable place for outdoor recreation. As part of making the park sustainable, we need to generate enough revenue to pay all of our expenses; most significantly our lease payment. At our current pricing model, we're unable to meet our lease payment obligation, even though we've had an enthusiastic few months of being open. We want to make this project self-sustainable, and modifying our pricing structure is the only way we can accomplish this goal at this time.
The new pricing model is $75 per annual vehicle price, $40 per monthly vehicle price, and $10 for non-motorized recreation, like fishing, climbing, and mountain biking. The new price goes in to effect immediately.
Being good neighbors
The board heard again from some of our neighbors who had complaints about noise and unruly behavior. The board discussed what can be done to address their issues. We continue working with law enforcement to make sure that we have a safe and respectful park that everyone can enjoy. In addition to working at law enforcement, we will be deploying more signage to ensure people are aware of the rules of the park.
The board renewed the management contract for KRCA, LLC. until September 30th, 2019. The terms were adjusted to be go from 60% Hollerwood/40% KRCA, LLC. to 67% Hollerwood/33% KRCA, LLC.
Forging new paths
Board member and Trails Committee chairmen, James Neukam, has been working diligently on forging new trails at the park. The warm weather and clear tree-sight has provided an excellent opportunity to scout out paths for trail development. The wet weather will be a hindrance going forward, but we'll work through it. Expanding our trail network is vital for maintaining the superior experience we offer at Hollerwood Park.
Hollerwood on the small screen
Details are still being worked out, but Hollerwood Park will likely be the focus of an episode of a popular cable TV show. Until things are finalized, we are unable to release any detail... But rest assured that once we are given approval, we will let you all know all the details. Stay tuned for more information!
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Business is booming!
We've been busy, busy, busy at the park! Between the nicer weekends that we've been lucky to have and our Black Friday sale, which was a smahing success, we've barely had time to catch our breath. Things seem to be progressing just fine. Riders are happy, county officials are happy, and the board is thrilled! We know things will slow down as the weather gets bad, but we won't be. We'll be busy upgrading the building and trails for the Spring. Stay tuned for more updates!
New Shirts & a New Logo
Our merchandise has been flying off the shelf since we opened. We originally anticipated our supply of shirts and hoodies to last the winter, but our customers had other plans. Prior to ordering new merchandise, we're working on doing some updates on the logo. Look for that to hit the website and Facebook account in the coming weeks.
Stepping up enforcement
Hollerwood has received complaints regarding disorderly behavior around our park. We absolutely and under no circumstance will tolerate this type of behavior. We're going to be working with local law enforcement to step-up patrols in the area. We ask any citizen to always follow the standard advice: "if you see something, say something". Please call 911 if you see anything or have any information regarding someone who shouldn't be on the road or is up to some malicious behavior. This park is a community effort and we need all members of the community to help keep it safe for everyone!
The Hollerwood Park board met for a second week in a row in order to expedite the process of opening the park. With the recent change in the proposed management contractor, the board needs to regroup around the management concept for the park. The major hurdles are out of the way from the business perspective, but now we need to solve the problem of staffing, trail development, maintenance, and business management. The board went in to Executive Session as outlined on the Facebook Event to discuss personnel and exactly how to proceed.
We've been at work upgrading our office building. We've tackled some electrical issues; running new circuits, adding new exterior security lights, adding motion-sensor lights, etc. We've also added new security features to the park including improved access solutions and access auditing. Finally, we finally were able to acquire internet access for the office building. This was one of our last big hurdles before opening the park.
Boneyard Off-Road Park
We discussed the Boneyard off-road park. We've been in discussions with the managers of that park on how we can best cooperate with each other to make this area one of the best off-road destinations in the country.
Contracting Out Park Operations
Allmotive, Inc. formerly was the only vendor to submit a bid for the management of the park. Due to expanded operational opportunities, they have since pulled their offer, but found a replacement group in KRCA, LLC. Representatives from KRCA, LLC. came to the meeting to answer any questions the board may have regarding the contract. The board entered in to executive session to discuss the contract.
'X' Marks the Spot
Tony Tipton, Project Manager, showed off the first look at the park map. This map was generated by overlaying multiple GIS sources. It's a rough draft, but it will give us a good look at the property as a whole. The board also reviewed printed maps from some competing parks to get a better view of what other parks are offering.
The World Wide Web
We believe we have secured an option for providing internet to the building. This is a key component in interfacing our permitting and waiver systems with our online presence. It also gives us the ability to keep regular backups of our data.
Under My UMBRELLA
Contractors came out to inspect what would be needed to prevent the roof on our future office building from leaking. The board took their recommendations under advisement. We hope to have the roof repaired soon.
The board reviewed a line-item proposal from Allmotive, LLC. for operational management of Hollerwood Park. The board gave feedback and requested clarification on items. The proposal was well received, but will require further review.
We are now taking proposals!
As discussed at our meeting on 5/16, we are taking bid proposals for the management of Hollerwood Park. Here is the official statement:
The Multi County Recreational Board is now accepting contractor proposals regarding the management and operation of Hollerwood Offroad Park, Leeco, KY. Proposals based upon the follow parameters, can be submitted to Multi County Recreational Board by mail at P.O. Box 10, Stanton, Kentucky 40380. Deadline for proposals is noon, Wednesday, May 30th, 2018. The Multi County Recreational Board has the right to refuse or accept any proposals.
Hands on or hands off?
The board listened to discussion from Ben Tipton of Allmotive regarding the possibility of having a 3rd party manage core park services. They discussed contracting the park management out to a 3rd party group; handling ticket sales, food & vending, lawn care, sales, and vehicle maintenance. The board discussed the merits of the proposal and the pros and cons of the concept as a whole. After much debate, the board voted to outsource the management of the park to a 3rd party group for the remainder of the calendar year.
The management contract requirements will be posted on Facebook soon. We hope to have responses in by our next special meeting on May 30th.
The board heard updates from the members on the progress of the building. Internet, water, roof leaking, etc. were all talked about. Progress has been made, work continues. It's an old building, so extra care is needed.
We've been continually trying to utilize our county road crews to help deploy materials and fix some problem areas. The wet conditions have hindered some of the efforts, but we're trying to push through as best we can. We continually need support from our county leaders to ensure we have access to the tools and expertise of our road crews.
Our work hasn't been limited to the trails. We've also been working diligently on the office. We've been working on fixing leaks, upgrading the electrical systems, restoring water to the building, and getting our security system up and running. Most of this work is still in progress, so we'll keep you updated as more items are fixed.
Here's your sign
The board heard some more quotes for a focused set of signage at the park. Stop signs, rules, caution signs, and warning signs were all discussed. Signage is a bit complicated, but this is key to implementing before the park gets going.
... A More Perfect Board
The board discussed membership and quorum issues that have been recurring over the past few years. The board discussed collecting names to submit to the Judge Executive's who have members with low attendance. The list would be composed of dedicated people who are committed to opening the park and seeing it succeed. If you would be interested in being on the Hollerwood Park board, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.